Ote stays in my bedroom. My brother would say "that's not Aly's room...that's Ote's room" because that's pretty much how it's set up. There are little pup beds everywhere, a step up to the bed, her bowls, and toys are out where she can get access to them as she wants. Most of the time, however, she is with me. I also have a little pop up playpen for her, but I haven't had to use it yet. I bought it with the intention to use it only when we are at family's house who have other larger, or rough-housing dogs (to keep Ote safe) and when we go on our cross country roadtrip (for use in the RV) in spring. Ote is potty trained and very, very rarely has accidents and she doesn't typically cry when I am gone. When I come home, she's usually sleeping under the comforter on my bed or playing with her toys.
Be the person your dog thinks you are.